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Postdoctoral Researcher - Molecular Cell Biology and Mammalian Cells (R3362)

Position Deleted on 7/19/2012. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Queens, NY
  • Admin - Laboratory and Research
  • Faculty - Science - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Faculty - Science - Biology
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
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Title: Postdoctoral Researcher - Molecular Cell Biology and Mammalian Cells
Department: Biological Sciences
Campus: Queens

Job Summary:
Structure function relationship of DJ-1/PARK7 and SOD1.

We have shown that DJ-1/PARK7 interacts with and activates SOD1 in a copper-dependent fashion ultimately leading to removal of oxygen radicals. In collaboration with Dr. Mark Odell, UK, we have further shown the mechanism of copper binding to DJ-1/PARK7. The successful candidate will expand on these findings by mapping interaction domains, activity states of SOD1 and together with Dr. Odell aid in the structure determination of human DJ-/PARK7 in a complex with SOD1. The successful candidate will also identify and test the interaction potential of other DJ-1 interacting proteins to assess whether there are several DJ-1 complexes in different cell types under different cellular conditions, particularly under conditions of stress. Similar experiments will also be performed in plants to identify novel DJ-1 protein complexes and show how they relate to human DJ-1 complexes.


  • Perform research related to Parkinson's Disease.
  • Participate in general laboratory tasks.


  • Ph.D level with Molecular Cell Biology.
  • Molecular Cell Biology and mammalian cells expertise.
  • This position is subject to a comprehensive background screen, with employment contingent upon satisfactory results. If access to a University vehicle is required for the position, a DMV check for driving record and valid driver's license is also required.

St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.

St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.
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